M1500 .B4 F5 2006 DVD
Opera in two acts, after Jean-Nicholas Bouilly's Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal. Music by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Leonard Bernstein's acclaimed 1978 performance of Beethoven's only opera have gone down in the annals as a landmark in Vienna State Opera history - brilliantly staged by the great Viennese producer Otto Schenk and featuring some of the most remarkable singers of the time. "Every phrase, every articulation had its meaning...so convincing, so right that there was hardly a question of any other interpretation...On this evening one experienced, quite simply, Beethoven."
René Kollo (Florestan), Gundula Janowitz (Leonore), Hans Helm (Don Fernando), Hans Sotin (Don Pizzaro), Manfred Jungwirth (Rocco), Lucia Popp (Marzelline), Adolf Dallapozza (Jaquino), Karl Terkal (Erster Gefangener), Alfred Sramek (Zweiter Gefangener), Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus, Leonard Bernstein (conductor).
Produced at the Vienna Opera House, January 29, 1978.
Sung in German; with optional subtitles in German, English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
Distributed by Deutsche Grammophon (www.deutschegrammophon.com).